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Larry Woody is a native of Nashville, Tenn. He was the motor sports beat writer at the Nashville Tennessean from the early 1970s until 2008. He continues to live in Nashville.

Articles by Larry Woody

Woody: Trucks Put On Good, But Skimpy, Show
Wednesday, Jul 14, 2010 – 10:34 | 2 Comments
Woody: Trucks Put On Good, But Skimpy, Show

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
They didn’t need a green flag to start last Sunday’s truck race in Iowa. They needed a feather-duster.
The rusty racers took to the track for the first time since June 12 at Michigan, running just their 9th race since the season opener ‘way back on Feb. 12.
Maybe NASCAR should change [...]

Woody: Thanks For Memories, Help
Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 – 7:46 | 3 Comments
Woody: Thanks For Memories, Help

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Their recent passings didn’t get a lot of media attention, so I’d like to try to make up for it a bit.
It’s the least I can do for Judy Tucker, who last week lost a battle with illness, and Marti Rompf, who passed a few weeks before.
I doubt that many [...]

Woody: Two Views of Kenseth’s Complaints
Monday, Jul 12, 2010 – 13:22 | 4 Comments
Woody: Two Views of Kenseth’s Complaints

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Following the 2003 season in which Matt Kenseth’s lackluster cruise to the championship nudged NASCAR into a radical new format, Matt felt he was being unduly criticized.
During a weekly media conference call I introduced myself before asking a question and Kenseth interrupted by asking:
“Are you that guy who wrote that [...]

Woody: NASCAR Needs To Tinker With Care
Thursday, Jul 8, 2010 – 9:17 | 9 Comments
Woody: NASCAR Needs To Tinker With Care

We hear reports that NASCAR plans an off-season overhaul of its Chase for the Championship.
Before it jumps off the deep end of the pool and does something too drastic (like making the 12 Chase drivers wrestle under a chicken-wire fence or dance the fandango for bonus points) it should to take a deep breath and [...]

Woody: Time For Danica To Get In Or Get Out
Wednesday, Jul 7, 2010 – 7:30 | 7 Comments
Woody: Time For Danica To Get In Or Get Out

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
I don’t presume to know what Danica Patrick’s racing future holds, but one thing is certain: the present isn’t working out very well.
Patrick is struggling with her full-time duties in the IndyCar Series – her latest effort being a dismal 20th-place finish in a 25-car field Sunday at Watkins Glen – [...]

Woody: Is Junior’s Rise Linked To Martin’s Fall?
Tuesday, Jul 6, 2010 – 6:10 | 3 Comments
Woody: Is Junior’s Rise Linked To Martin’s Fall?

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
There is a theory that this season’s rise of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the fall of teammate Mark Martin are related.
Earnhardt finished 4th at Daytona last Saturday night and jumped two spots in the standings to 11th, while Martin finished 28th and dropped two spots to 13th.
I’m not sure that finish [...]

Woody: Hamilton’s Life Was A Hollywood Story
Friday, Jul 2, 2010 – 6:51 | Comments Off
Woody: Hamilton’s Life Was A Hollywood Story

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Last week was the 20th anniversary of the “Days of Thunder” movie, and it brought back a lot of memories.
Not only was it a big deal for the sport because of all the attention and exposure that it brought to NASCAR with its cast of such stars as Tom Cruise, [...]

Woody: Here Is Who Should Be In The Hall
Wednesday, Jun 30, 2010 – 16:39 | 8 Comments
Woody: Here Is Who Should Be In The Hall

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The next batch of 25 nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame will be announced Thursday, from which a final five will be selected for next year’s induction.
Here’s my picks:
Anne France
Jim France
Lesa France
Brian France
Paris France
Only kidding. With two of this spring’s first five inductees named France I don’t think we’ll see [...]

Woody: Caution Free, Action Free
Tuesday, Jun 29, 2010 – 9:11 | 5 Comments
Woody: Caution Free, Action Free

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
At one point during the record 201 caution-free laps of (ahem) racing last Sunday at New Hampshire Speedway I flipped off the TV (mechanically speaking) and went outdoors.
I watched the grass grow for awhile. Then I found some paint and watched it dry. Both were considerably more entertaining than what [...]

Woody: Busch So Good It’s Scary
Monday, Jun 28, 2010 – 11:36 | 3 Comments
Woody: Busch So Good It’s Scary

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
It may be time to restore the name of NASCAR’s second-tier division to the Busch Series.
Or, better yet, the Kyle Busch Series.
The young Vegas hot-shoe continued his rampage through the Nationwide Series record book with another dominating victory last Saturday at New Hampshire.
Another win, another record. Just another day at [...]